A few years ago I decided to become the “Social Media Guy” at work. I went out and joined just about every social networking site out there. This included but was not limited to Twitter, Facebook, Goodreads, Jaiku, Plurk, Magnolia, Wakoopa, Vimeo, Seesmic, and Yelp. There was one service that linked them all though: FriendFeed. On the surface, this was a great service. I was able to pull almost all of my ever expanding profiles together in one place and the community seemed pretty lively to boot. Then Facebook bought FriendFeed and everyone got bitter and defensive. Since then things just went downhill.

Services stopped working. Search didn’t work. The community got smaller and smaller. And people wondered why others left. Meanwhile the quality of the posts that were being shared just spiraled into boredom. There were seriously people that just posted pictures of themselves every day to get some sort of boost of self esteem in their dreary lives. “Please tell me I’m not hideously ugly by posting comments below.” That’s not contributing to a conversation. It’s the equivalent of going “Hey, look at me! Look at me!”

A few weeks ago I got into a heated debate about the upcoming Akira remake. People got really mad that I had a different opinion of them. Instead of engaging in a discussion like an adult, I was just called names and mostly ignored because it’s a lot easier to just stick your head in the sand if people don’t share your view on something that you feel passionate enough about to post a link about online. This put a real sour taste in my mouth about the whole community and I stayed away from the site for a bit. This has been maintained since then pretty much.

More recently, with the death of Osama Bin Laden, most of the people on FriendFeed seemed to stick their noses in the air, looking down on people on Facebook (which you could just tell they said with a sneer) who were “celebrating death.” I’m sorry but Bin Laden was directly responsible for the deaths of a shit load of people. Please excuse some folks who feel the slightest bit of closure as a result of the death of a mass murdering fuck-head. I commented on one such post but to no avail.

I’m just tired of this site now. I know I’m not the only one but I just don’t care anymore. FriendFeed has connected me with a handful of truly awesome people. Fortunately they’re also on Facebook and Twitter so I can stay in touch with them there without having to deal with the closemindedness of the rest of that community. So now I can free up some space on my bookmarks toolbar on my browser. If you need me, I’ll be on Facebook.

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